7 Tips For A Speedy Recovery From A Cold Or Flu
As we all know, during the colder months, it’s quite common to see everyone and their mother coming down with a flu and/or cold. Unfortunately, as you see one person after another succumbing to the dreaded symptoms and try to avoid them at all costs, it may only be a matter of time before it hits you. So if you find yourself becoming victim to the telltale signs of a bacterial or viral infection, then you may want to keep reading because we’ll have you back on your feet in no time. Although plenty of rest and lots of water, are a pretty standard way to speed up your recovery, here are 7 other tips you should try the next time you come down with a cold or flu.
INCREASE YOUR HOT LIQUID CONSUMPTION
As you’ve probably already heard, drinking lots of water is one of the surest ways to speed up recovery as it flushes out harmful toxins from your body. However, sipping on hot tea can be equally as beneficial, as it increases your body’s natural healing abilities. When you drink a hot tea, the steam rising up from it stimulates the little hairs in your nose, which help to move out germs more effectively. Green, black and rooibos teas are also packed with antioxidants that give your immune system a much needed boost. Next time you’re sick, try making a green or black tea with honey and lemon for the ultimate illness-fighting concoction. The lemon will provide you with a strong boost of Vitamin C while thinning the mucus that leads to congestion and the honey is antibacterial, which will also soothe your throat. On average it is recommended that women consume 9 glasses of fluids a day, while men consume 13. However when you are sick you can increase the amount slightly.
CONSUME HEALING FOODS
Although you should already be aiming to get the recommended serving of vegetables and fruits into your diet, this especially rings true when you’re ill. Yet, instead of aiming to eat all of the recommended amount, why not juice everything so you can ensure you’re getting exactly what you need. In addition to juicing, protein-rich foods can boost your immune system so consume things like eggs, yogurt and fish. Lastly, spicy food can really work wonders when it comes to decongesting you, so opt to add a little kick to your meals, either with hot sauce or spices. Of course if all else fails, chicken noodle soup is always a great healing go-to.
ADD SUPPLEMENTS TO YOUR DIET
Antibiotics are only effective against a bacterial infection so if you’re suffering from a virus, your best bet to overcome it is to supplement your healthy eating with vitamins and minerals. In particular zinc is very effective in relieving symptoms like a sore throat and putting you on the road to recovery. You should also add a multivitamin, echinacea pills, and oil of oregano to your routine to give your body the ultimate boost of healing powers.
INVEST IN A HUMIDIFIER
A good humidifier can truly be a game changer in your home and can be the difference between a speedy recovery and a lengthy one. A humidifier moistens the often dry winter air around you, which colds thrive on.
BLOW YOUR NOSE THE RIGHT AWAY
Yes, you read that correctly, there is a right and a wrong way to blow your nose. For starters, it is very important that you blow your nose often when you are sick, so as to avoid keeping the mucus in your head. In addition to that, you shouldn’t blow too hard as it could create an earache. Next time you need to blow your nose, press gently on one nostril while you effortlessly blow out the other. Of course, it is also very important to wash your hands after to avoid spreading your germs to others.
SWEAT IT OUT
Although it is better to avoid exercise altogether when you are sick so your body can heal, sitting in a steaming hot shower or putting your face over a steaming pot of hot water can speed up your body’s healing process. Steam massages your nasal passage, and acts as a stress reliever, which is a major contributor to a poor immune system. As an added benefit, add an essential oil to the steaming pot of water such as a eucalyptus oil to decongest your head. Avoid getting too close to the hot water as the steam may burn your face.
USE A COLD PACK OR A HOT PACK ON YOUR FACE
If you have a fever or a headache associated with your illness, try using a cold pack on your forehead or behind the neck with a few drops of peppermint oil on it. The coolness of the pack coupled with the coolness of the peppermint oil will aid in reducing your fever. Placing a hot pack around your congested areas, such as your nose will also help in relieving the pressure and in turn make you feel better.